Ecclesiastes 2:24-25: “A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?”
As June draws to a close and July comes marching in and we watch our summer trickle by, a reminder to enjoy each and every day. God creates us for His joy and to be joyful. If every day is a drudgery, then you’re wasting your life and again insulting God. With Him, we find joy and provision. With Him, life becomes the most precious gift that we MUST NOT WASTE. So every day be grateful, joyful, and look around you. It is His gift to us. All of it. Embrace it. Love it. Cherish it and all those in your life. Soon, very soon, it will be over.
Proverbs 3:24: “When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.”
This is for all the insomniacs or at-times insomniacs out there (so all of us) who lie down at night and who cannot turn off their brains from the worries, the heartaches, the struggles of life this side of heaven.
Rest is so important to everything we do. We need to shut off our brains, heal our bodies, and regenerate in order to do God’s work every day, day in and day out. Mediate on Him and His word at these times. He will grant you rest. And one day it will be for eternity.
Ode to Fathers:
Proverbs 4:1-2: “Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding. I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.”
Hug your dad today, tomorrow, and every chance you get. The sacrifices they made/make for their children every day is infinite and beyond words. One of God’s greatest gifts to us: Mom and Dad.
Happy Father’s Day!!
Micah 6:8: “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Sounds so simple, right? Except when the baby is crying. Or creditors are calling. The bills are mounting. You’re job searching. You get a flat tire. The grocery store is out of milk!
My challenge for you today: pick one of the Lord’s requirements: either 1) act justly 2) love mercy or 3) walk humbly.
THEN: 1) Pray to the Lord and just thank Him and ask Him to help you be more of that one attribute.
THEN: 2) Pick one thing you will do today to either act justly (e.g. rewarding people at work for a job well done) or love mercy (e.g. be nice to the person not being nice to you) or walk humbly (let the car merge in front of you–you aren’t in that big for a hurry). Simple things towards God’s simple requirements.
2 Corinthians 9:11: “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”
Since we do all of our work for God (Colossians 3:23) and we give Him thanks for everything (1 Thessalonians 5:18), He blesses us and in turn we are able to bless others. So today: be generous. Hold the door for someone. Give a compliment. Smile. Give of your time. Give of your energy. Give yourself. It’s nothing compared to what God has given us (Jesus).
1 Thessalonians 5:18: “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
We are to not only be thankful for the work God has given us to perform on this side of heaven, but we are to be thankful for EVERYTHING. Remember every trial has a purpose and it won’t last. Take heart. God is with you. Always and forever.
Colossians 3:23: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”
I think this very apropos for a Monday. Whether you’re an office manager, a CEO, a teacher, a garbage collector (anyone else thinking of Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs?), a stay-at-home mom, a lawyer, a doctor, or a McDonald’s server, remember you work for Him. Always. When your day is really starting to suck, turn to Him who has a purpose in all things in your life. Be grateful you have work to do AND you get to do it for Him. How awesome is He?